Legislation approved this week continues the work done on unemployment compensation reform last year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senators approved legislation this week before adjourning the 2013 legislative session that continues the work done on unemployment compensation reform last year.   Before passage of the 2012 law, Tennessee did not have an efficient system in place to verify a claimant’s efforts of seeking employment while on unemployment benefits.  As a result of that new law, the … Read More

Hall and Food Tax Relief Bills headed to Senate for final consideration after Finance Committee Approval

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Nashville, Tenn. – The state budget continues to be the main focus for lawmakers during the remaining days before adjournment.  The Finance Committee approved two major tax relief bills this week, sending them to the Senate floor for final consideration.  One would allow more senior citizens to qualify for Hall income tax relief, while the other would reduce the state sales … Read More

Legislation prevents the wholesale printing or Internet posting of names of those holding a Tennessee handgun permit

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Nashville, Tenn. – Legislation to prevent the publication of handgun carry permit holders in the news media or on the Internet will now go to the governor for his signature after final passage in the State Senate on Wednesday.  Senate Bill 108 allows for the media to inquire and the Safety Department to confirm whether someone who had run afoul of … Read More

Major bills combating criminal gangs are approved as legislature prepares to close 2013 legislative session

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  State Senators approved several bills to make Tennessee’s streets safer as the General Assembly prepares to close the 2013 legislative session, including major legislation to combat gang crime in Tennessee.  Gang related crime in Tennessee has risen steadily in the last four years, as incidents rose about 110 percent from 2005 through 2011 according to the Tennessee … Read More

Budget moves front and center as legislature works toward adjournment

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Lawmakers pass major workers’ compensation reform bill Tennessee lawmakers continued to make progress on Capitol Hill this week acting on several key bills, including a major workers’ compensation reform legislation.  However, the biggest legislative hurdle before adjournment later this month is the state’s budget.   Governor Bill Haslam sent additions to his proposed 2013-2014 budget to the Senate Finance Committee … Read More

Senate Judiciary Committee approves resolution to change the way state’s Attorney General is selected

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), calling for the State Attorney General (AG) to be selected by the General Assembly provided voters agree.   Currently, the Tennessee Attorney General is selected by the State Supreme Court and serves until he or she resigns or are replaced by the five Justices.  The resolution, … Read More

Legislation to help keep students safe at school wins approval

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Two proposals to help keep students safe at school won approval this week, including key legislation that will allow superintendents to hire retired law enforcement officers to provide security.   The legislation comes in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut in December, which pointed to the need to increase school safety.   Governor Haslam has proposed $34 million in state … Read More

Governor Haslam announces Tennessee Plan to reform Healthcare

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Will not expand TennCare rolls under the Affordable Care Act NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Healthcare highlighted a very busy week on Capitol Hill, with Governor Bill Haslam’s announcement that he will not expand TennCare rolls under the federal Affordable Care Act.  The Governor, instead, said he is working on a “Tennessee Plan” to reform health care that leverages federal dollars to … Read More

Major legislation to curb abuse of prescription drugs is approved in Senate Health and Welfare Committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) won passage of legislation in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week designed to curb the abuse of prescription drugs in Tennessee.  Yager said the bill is a result of “comprehensive and collaborative effort by citizens, legislators, law enforcement and medical professionals to enhance and tighten the regulations on prescribers and … Read More

Subcommittee approves legislation for small business tax holiday

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The Senate Tax Subcommittee has approved legislation sponsored by Senators Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) that gives Tennessee small businesses a “Business Tax Holiday.”  Senate Bill 1293 would provide a refund for the total amount of state and local sales tax paid by small business owners to retailers for purchases made in conjunction with their operations during any … Read More